It’s completely normal to be intrigued by the whole Homeschooling thing, yet still be plagued by doubts. Â I would expect nothing less while making such a huge decision. Â Rest assured, if you have a doubt, someone else has had it too.
I’m answering a few common objections to Homeschooling, with my own thoughts as well as thoughts from some other experienced homeschooling moms. Â Please know if God has called you and your family to homeschool- you can do this!
Not a Real TeacherÂ – Study after study has shown that a Homeschooling parent does not need a teaching degree, or any college degree for that matter in order to effectively teach a child. Â You love and know your child better than any other person, that right there qualifies you to teach! REALLY!
No PatienceÂ – Just ask my husband if I have patience, he will get a good laugh over that one! Â I am no June Cleaver. Â Homeschooling is as much an opportunity for me to grow and learn as it is for my children. Â My children, this calling, Â challenges me, in a good way, to be the wife and mother that God created me to be. Â We have our moments, but all in all I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
What to do About Babies & ToddlersÂ – Every family is different and it depends greatly on your family size too. Â Each Â year will be different depending on the ages of the older children. Â Having older children read to or play with younger children can be very beneficial. Â Know that it can be done and can be done well! There are lots of tips and tricks available for making your day go smoothly, without neglecting anyone.
When Family & Friends ObjectÂ – It can be a challenge when family and friends disagree over any decision we have made. Be confident about your decision. Â Only you can know what is best for your family, and only you can know what God has called your family to do.
SocializationÂ – the easy answer to this is don’t kids go to school to be educated not socialized? Â My children can manage just fine in a wide variety of social situations and with a wide variety of people. Â They are involved with our parish, in sports, scouts, and regularly play with neighbors and friends.Â
No Time For MeÂ – I’ll be very frank, having your kids home all day verses being at school will not leave you with much free time. Â This is where you have to weigh what is best for your children and your family as a whole. Â I heard a quote recently “You have 25% of your child’s lifeÂ to prepare him for the remaining 75% of his life”Â (Amanda Bennet). Â
What is your objection to homeschooling?
Tomorrow I’m talking about Homeschooling Methods
Be sure to check out the other blogs that are participating in theÂ summer 5 Day SeriesÂ